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in the economy. so are they right? does this new payroll tax hike mean less spending and a weaker economy? hi, everyone, i'm brenda buttner, this is bulls and bears, here they are, the bulls and bears this week, gary b smith, tobin smith, jonas max ferris along with walker stableton and steffen, gary b. it turns out not just the rich, but the payroll tax hike smacking just about all workers, will it smack the economy next? >> i don't see how it can't, brenda. the person in tt little clip summed it up perfectly. it makes a little bit of a difference and a little bit of a difference times a few hundred million people makes a big difference. it's already been studied by economists, they predict 4 to 500,000 jobs lost, 1/2% lopped off the the gdp. if you look around the studio there, everyone that gets a paycheck, like they said in that little clip, sees less he money. that's less money they were going to spend on groceries, at the drug store, the gas station and that money gets sucked out of the economy, so do jobs. >> brenda: well, now, this does hit lower and middle class americans harder beca
rid of the nation's debt limits. they say it's keeping the economy down but won't getting rid of it just push the economy down even more? hi, everyone, i'm brenda buttner, this is bulls and bears and let's get right to it. the bulls and bears this week, gary b smith, jonas max ferris and along with todd schoenburger. >> gary get rid of the debt ceiling best or worst thing for the economy? >> it's absolutely the worst thing, brenda. the left likes to say, well, you know, ronald reagan raised the debt limit 18 times, george bush raised it 7 times, bill clinton raised it 8 times. so, you know, both sides do it so it must be okay, and from the perspective of fair and balanced, it has to stop no matter who is president. we go through the same cycle, we raise the debt limit, spend more,en go out and borrow more, and raise the debt limit again and it looks like it's unstoppable, but this is the check and balance of how t govern our society. we can't afford the bills we have now to pay. someone has to say, no, spend what you have and let's move on. >> brenda: you know, it doesn't real
anything at all to you about the global economy or is it just a sign that apple is maybe a little different than it was a few years ago? >> i think that's exactly right. i think it is a more mature growth company instead of a hyper growth company. they still have 120 billion dollars on the balance sheet and growing that by about 40 billion dollars plus a year. the down side should be somewhat muted below $500. connell: don't go crazy says jeff saut on the apple stock price today. you have calmed us all down. good to talk to you. thanks a lot. >> it is a pleasure. dagen: about half -- about 25 minutes away from president obama give or take. it could give or take half hour really, holding his first press conference of the new year. why now? joining us now is an editor at forbes. that's always the critical question, if you're a journalist, it is not who what when where why but why now? what say you? >> i think he's trying to basically beat the republicans to the punch to roll out a lot of platitudes about how both sides need to come together, that he's going to lead this -- them coming togethe
technology in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. ro price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. ♪ >> money is pouring into dell. just in the last hour or so dell shares up 13%. onward pc maker may go private. dell talking to private equity firms. we will get the lowdown from a top analyst coming up in just a few moments. hello, i'm cheryl casone at last hour of trading and the "countdown to the closing bell" begins right now. dell is front and center in the market but also about apple. major supply-chain issues taking place at apple. the stock down nearly 3% trading at $17 down right now, still up $500. apple cutting back on orders from component maker iphone five screens by 50% in the first quarter alone which is usually a risk that demand is not what it was, especially in the developed markets. the iphone five was
to do is have that take place when the republican position on the debt takes the economy hostage. that is off the table. i think the president is smart to be firm and clear on that. next time it would be democrats if we had a republican president. ashley: would you agree, i know it is out of your area, but the senate has not passed a budget in four years now. would you agree with republicans that it is not the way to go and i could, in fact, be breaking the law without i do agree with them. we actually have not passed the budget. i am with them on this concern about our inability to actually do the basic work that a legislature must do. ashley: i know bernanke, timothy geithner, rating agencies and many more states what is the point of a debt ceiling? we routinely raise it anyway. what is the purpose? >> there is no purpose. the debt ceiling has become a device for fiscal irresponsibility. republicans and democrats both dated. senator obama voted against the debt ceiling increase. if we have this credit downgrade, and we had a credit downgrade, as you know, last august. we have t
is happening over in europe. germany seeing a contraction in their economy. whether or not it is a recession still a little too early to say. as a result of what is happening in europe these stocks are down. gm was down over 4% today, big loss for the car companies because of europe. liz: and two vix etfs, volatility exchange traded funds, hitting new 52-week highs. even though the volatility index continues to tumble. what you see are two where you can make bearish bets on the vix, that would make sense, right? xiv, as you see. we've got them moving higher today. david: the battle over the debt ceiling and paying the bills that d.c. is racking up continues. representative jerry nadler, happens to be my representative, he is looking to stop future fights. he has introduced legislation to end the debt ceiling debate by getting rid of the debt ceiling all together. but would that give too much power to the president? that is the argument. that is the debate. we'll take you and jerry nadler there coming up. liz: germany's central bank pulling some of its gold out of new york and paris. we have
talking about it, investors should be focused on making money in the economy and corporate profits are healthy enough to do that. joining us now, start with this. why can you possibly say don't worry about washington because long-term interest rates go up, stocks will not be undervalued, they will not be cheap and that could hurt the stock market. >> this is a great point you are making, but we put, believe it or not, a 5% 10-year treasury yield into our stock market model. we are assuming interest rates soar from here. and stocks are still undervalued today. we can take a lot higher long-term interest rates put my real point about this is if we go back a few years, the first fiscal cliff, the 2010 tax cuts were going to end. the first debate over the downgrade. all of those things happened, and yet the market kept going up. same with the fiscal cliff this time, and i believe people are overly concerned about a lot of the things that are happening around the world. the economy continues to grow, the stock market is really cheap, and that is what investors should focus on. if you go
invests to see our economy grow. the one silver bullet in deficit reduction is economic growth. we need to get out of this circle we're in right now and start talking about growth. how we start moving the economy forward because we'll never get out of the hole otherwise. melissa: stephen, that is a great point. do you move the economy forward and grow by raising taxes, do you think. >> president obama at one point believed we do not. he argued in twine and 2010 you would hurt economic growth if you raised taxes at time the economy was struggling. that is what he argued at time. melissa: what do you think, steven. raising taxes grows the economy or -- >> no, it does not grow the economy. we have to be serious how much the president contributed to overall debt picture. $6 trillion since he came to office. nearly $20,000 per united states citizen has been added since president obama came into office. so just silly to argue he hasn't contributed. melissa: blame game gets us nowhere because everybody contributed to it. god it is a mess and we have to fix it. when you hear people like nancy p
at what is happening to the markets and the economy. fitch is warning of a possible u.s. downgrade the debt ceiling talks drag on. citigroup had will join us here in just moments. retail stocks rolling up better than expected holiday sales season. the dow jones industrials up 27 points on the day. the s&p managed a point gain but still reaching another five-year high. the nasdaq is down six, that is only slightly from yesterday. the commerce department reported retail sales rose a half precent in december, november sales also revised higher. apple is "the biggest loser" in the s&p 500 today, down more than 3% again. it's on yesterday's losses also reports of weak demand and apple shares closing today just under $486. apple stock with $702 is back on the 19th of september. crude oil down 86, just over $93 per barrel. gold of working for $5. going above $1683. the 10 year treasury down 1.3% in feel. margins beginning on a positive note this year. the s&p all 3% higher year-to-date. the economy showing signs of surprising strength and stability. where there was once weakness. joining
. >> what makes this scary, we're destimulating the economy as these programs-- >> i know, how do you get out of that. >> you've got to get the right people in government. and anybody who thinks that raising taxes on anybody making $400,000 a year is going to do anything for the deficit and-- >> i'll disagree with you, too, here. >> and you think it's stimulative to raise taxes right now. >> no, we're having a housing recovery. we're having an auto recovery, and-- >> one side going on-- >> adam. when you go from 1 to 2 that's a big increase. >> charlie, with a due respect, there is no data, reputable study showing that raising taxes on rich people. >> 1980, 1980. >> from '82 to '88. and -- from '82 to '88, every year, mr. reagan raised taxes, and after that-- >> a tax cut which took that rate dramatically. >> all right, guys, guys, guys, calm down. this is cable here, okay? dagen, do you get a sense that just this conversation illustrates that it's goingo be next to impossible to cobble together a deal that remotely addresses this problem? >> yes. >> neil: so then what happens, is it push
. and not a total one for one correlation. in the tough economy-- >> but the union job growth much. >> i'm going to stick to topic, but i don't want people to think because it's a right to work state. i'm telling you, it's not. and for a guy that's been at a couple of protests and strikes, my dad was a union guy i'm a big supporter of unions, particularly private sector unions, not public sector unions. >> neil: that's the point on the message, is why we have a stark correlation between non-- nonunion factory jobs growing, and union factory jobs. >> in a tough economy those jobs pay more than the $3 an hour you get when you're a nonunion worker and those jobs get cut first. >> neil: adam, what do you think of that. >> well, i don't think it's any shocker, first of all, that as we've already been saying that there's been a shift. this shift has been going on for a long time. and we could, at some point we'lltick a fork in the unions because clearly, they're dwindling. having said that, there's also no shock that these organizations are going to act in their self-interest. we could do whole shows
in the united states doesn't have a lot of influence on the economy, but the tax hike on the working men and women, 120 million people, that 2% payroll tax is a killer, and that is all consumption of some. people spend the mone money thet have it, they reach into savings. that was a mistake, it was bad policy. i took growth down in the u.s. by half a point. lori: and you are telling us the economy has all the potential to break out. how much o ahead when will this fiscal policy have? is there any way to recoup it? any offsetting factor? >> unless washington changes its behavior. which is not likely. then the answer is no. we have this gradual recovery. it looks all right over time, has good pieces to it, energy, housing, the banking sector actually may be getting better. lori: must be a mistake on our washington leaders, what if they can achieve a grand bargain, get entitlement reform and we can sustain this debt to gdp level for the time being we can get to underlining measures. >> it would be a glorious outcome. lori: are you optimistic at all it will happen? >> i would like it to happ
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to be a bit of a struggle, and i think it's all about the guidance going forward. you know, the economy, you know, two steps forward, one step back, and corporate america can't carry the water. it will be difficult for the market, and priced pretty much to perfection at the current level with popular averages, not leaving room for disappointment. liz: hate one step forward, two back -- >> no, the other way. liz: either way, not moving fast. is that at a decent clip? >> actually, that's something we talked about last week on the show, and what we're looking at, again, south africa, right now, the mining situation is getting worse and worse, and -- liz: labor issues? >> the strikes, strikes, labor issues, and a threat that some of the major companies are shutting down the mines until they resolve this. we'll have a shortage in these areas, and, also, seeing platinum taking a bit of a piggy back ride up. it's at the 1680s mirroring where gold is now. silver is joining along for the ride. we're seeing a lot happening with the precious metals. liz: platinum is higher than gold for the first time
and the economy in general. and about the market. let's start with the news, the market had a great day today. the s&p 500 close to or at a five-year high right now. why is the market doing so well even though the economy is still kind of in a slow move? >> david, nobody can explain the day-to-day moves in the market anmatter how hard we try. the market discounts well in advance of what we mere morals are able to do for my day-to-day. other days you're not sure why. i would be hazarding a guess, i don't know why. david: a lot of people have speculated about this from the "wall street journal" and others that it is the contention in the specific intention of the federal reserve over the past year or so to pump up the market. is that true? >> certainly this is in effect have a much lower interest rates. you can do the math, historically low rates for corporations in america public or private, large or small. medium-sized. have a very small balance sheets, redoing the balance sheet, reposition their debt at much lower prices. it'd just get some clarity as you know, a little more clarity, a lot m
these states have the same epiphany or the same realization that there's only way to get the local economies going and that would be to change their taxes? >> well, i would tell you, charles, we have all looked at the economy that we're competing in, which is worldwide, and we know we need to be more tax competitive. i want to create more jobs in this state, our state, for citizens and higher paying jobs and the way to do that is to have lower income tax rates and corporate rates and in our particular case, i'm proposing the complete elimination of the income tax and the corporate tax rate. we do that by repealing some of the sales tax exemptions that we've granted over the years, we need a modern, simpler and fairer tax code. charles: i'm going to get to the fair issue in a moment, governor. but the basic premise that somehow this will spark the economy, obviously everyone doesn't believe that or that would be the program now. why would someone in your state who is worried about this, how do you convince him that this will indeed help the overall economy? >> well, i'm going to talk to him a
and what we do for the economy in the next two quarters. liz: and andrew, you could say -- what are you looking at as a trader going into what could be a little bit of a rocky february? we have half of january left or a little under that. what do you think? >> yeah, as we talk about the vix, the vix has not been up one day in all of january, already at january 18th, the vix futures have not been up one day. the market seems like it wants to go higher. i trade a lot with price action and price momentum, it seems like 1500 if not 1525 is in the cards very very soon. nothing is derailing us. we had bank earnings. morgan stanley, goldman sachs trading at 52 week highs. we had a bit of sell off in wells fargo and also jpmorgan. it is very stock specific. we saw intel down as well. next week, i'm looking at big cap technology stocks, earnings from apple and google -- liz: yeah, how about that. >> that's going to be important. liz: down again about 3/4 of a percent. i mean really? this is 11 month lows here andrew. >> if you look at apple, when i was trading on the floor i was in the apple bit
will be the gdp numbers. and that's when we find out what kind of economy we've got in the fourth quarter of last year. that will point towards how we're going to do in 2013. i suspect that that could move the market. all right. the bell is ringing, and as you know by now, if you're a regular "varney & company" viewer when the bell stops ringing, they start trading and we're expecting, what are we expecting? we're looking for a pretty flat market and i hate to keep saying this, but a pretty flat market. the dow closed yesterday around 13,500 and we're opening down 3 points at 13504. the opening trend is down. i looked at the futures and you can expect maybe a 40 or 50 point loss in the early going. no big negative that's out there, just a general drift away from 13-5 on the dow. we are in fact, just a couple of hours away from facebook's big announcement. that comes at one o'clock eastern. so, nicole, i am told that the big news could be a new search engine, could be. i'm not going to speculate on that, but i want to know where the stock opens this morning. >> that would be very big news and the
countries. why this site specifically? it is about gas and oil, that is the backbone of the economy and of course that is of great interest for the europeans who import from algeria. melissa: why attack in algeria for what is happening in molly? you can see they are neighbors, but why would this be the best way to make a statement, do you think? >> algeria has opened its airspace between friends in the north and the train into mali. it aided france in attacking al qaeda in mali. this is a lesson, a revenge against algeria to stop them from along the french across into mali. melissa: what is our role, what is the proper response for us? there are americans involved among the hostages, we have a drone overhead but it is limited given the algerian military is on-site. what can america do and what should we do? >> that is things we cannot talk about what the government will not talk about. obviously a special mission is being prepared that would emerge if they're executed, but let's be clear, the lead is the algerians. they are on the ground surrounding the flight. some hostages have be
is the likelihood the u.s. economy could have a stronger here than economists were expecting? >> and excellent question. i think the risks are just as good on the outside or they are on the downside. there is a lot of growing momentum in the u.s. economy. all of this in then you have the energy boom in the whole shale thing helping in that industry and related industries. there are a lot of bright spots in the u.s. you know, the guys in washington do not mock it up, we have a good shot. melissa: we have breaking news right now. i want to point you to the shares of facebook. down $0.60. that is good for almost 2%. we have this meeting going on right now. it is a major reversal for the stock. we are trying to get more details out of this meeting. we will have rob enderle on at the end to talk about it. shibani: i am following a couple of live logs on the event. the three pillars of facebook. when he unveiled today is his 23 pillar which is being called graph search. it is a graphical search. it is not a web search. that is one of the reasons we are seeing a selloff of facebook shares. again, wha
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your wallet and the economy? plus, union intimidation hits new heights. a city manager tried to cut pension benefits so they bought the house next door to him to harass him. these tactics are more widespread than you think. the mayor will tell us how he was targeted in a fox business exclusive. coca-cola new ad campaign offers up information like what you can do to burn off the fat and calories from the coke you just drank. will it increase sales or turn off consumers? even if it is not, it is always about "money." ♪ first, a look at the market headlines with the market moment. a mixed bag for stocks to begin the week. the dow ended a choppy day of trading in positive territory gaining 18 points. apple weighed heavily on the nasdaq reportedly cutting the iphone 5 component orders due to weaker than expected demands. and shares of dell soared 13%. the pc maker in talks of a possible buyout. now to our top story ready to dig into your wallet. you may be hit with a 50% jump in your health care premiums thanks to obamacare. a recent report shows premiums will skyrocket 54% on average.
% growth in the last five years, which is more than twice as fast as our economy has been growing and by every indicator, the green energy sector is growing. neil: i don't know a lot infatuation, but i know the frustration. >> i think they have probably realized that the green movement is kind of a boring activism. what they should be covering and don't really want attention to would be something like solynda that they called the phony scandal. they don't want to address that. this is a way for them to say we are shifting around for various reasons. i don't think they wanted to cover the real news which the scan was solynda and then they went under. the whole thing was just a disaster. the other stuff is boring activism and others want to let go. >> okay, it has become mainstream. >> "the new york times" this week is facing something like the numbers on 30 or more layoffs. so put this in a separate category to a broader question under obama. we have come to talk about this stuff of 5 million green jobs and international treaties. it's hard to do any of that. so you're not going to
of the economy not production company. neil: what bobby dwind els gends doing -- is doing, is that regressive? >> well there is that argument, but the problem is you cannot collect an income tax in the global economy that we're in today, the big corporations, simply hire lobbyists and lawyers. neil: tax out of woodwork. >> only thing we can tax is sales retail at point of sales. >> would it inhibbive sales. >> sure but we didn't spend our way to prosperity. neil: you are not saying either or. >> that is one. neil: but you would not be -- replace the federal income tax with the consumetion tax. >> i would like replace payroll tax with the consumption tax, because, the payroll tax is what is killing jobs. neil: you know low that goes. once you get a tax going it goes up and up. >> that relates to other side, social chunks is insurance is s there are no trust funds just confetti paper we'll have to lefto taxpayers some day, social insurance is a huge myth. i would means fest it, cuts by a couple00 billion, i would reduce the number of people who are av and reduce that number. we're broke. when
or markets could go haywire causing a self-inflicted wound to the economy. is he exaggerating? what's the take on the remarks in reaction how the debt ceiling sorts itself out? >> i don't think he's exaggerating at all. we have these debates every year right now, and we have the better part of the last 20 years, but it seems like when it comes to the wire, we always find a way to raise the debt ceiling, get washington back to work again, and that is our expectation. the difficulty is that the uncertainty in washington is freezing the treasury mark and investors. >> okay. back to ben bernanke, commenting this afternoon, if he reassures wall street he plans to continue the bond buying for as long as it needs to happen to get unemployment back, to get the economy growing. do you think that will keep rates depressed or signals, yeah, you know, we don't need to continue with this as long as we had initially planned to. do you expect a sharp, a rise in rates in take it from there. curious to where you think rates are headed. >> lori, between now and the date of sequesteringen on march 1st
and find out what has happened and why taking a look now at the economy, its effect on the market today, good news, jobless claims dropping sharply last week, down to the lowest levels, in fact, since january of 2008. the housing sector showing its best performance in four years last month. housing for all of last year rising 28 percent, increases seen across the entire country. the good news includes permits for new start-ups. up 30% last year. the good news driving the snb to its best finish since late 2007 with stock prices closed higher for a third straight day. the dow up 85 points, s&p up eight to monastic 18 and a half. a 5-year high. volume on the big board, volume picking up. to bank stocks hurting the dow performance. bank of america reporting disappointing earnings. profits last 63 percent by charges related to billions of dollars in settlements on bad mortgages. city profits down 3% taking a $2 billion charge for litigation costs. not all banks disappointed. pnc profits surging 47%. investors applauding pushing the stock up almost 4%. commodities also hot. the combination of
the in relation being released, the minutes from three emergency sessions that the fed at a time when the economy was i'm going to say, adding. there could be some dramatic exchanges, how often insiders says there had to be embarrassing stuff in there. if there wasn't these documents wouldn't be released. peter barnes and the rest of the d.c. team sifting through the paperwork looking for a headline and if they find something worth reporting we will bring it to you. it will take time to go through them but we are doing it. check the big board. we are about 13,600 on the dow with a 12 point gain at this moment and here is the company friday morning as usual, fox news contributing and best-selling author monica crowley is here, charles payne is back and nicole petallides on the floor of the new york stock exchange. apple stock still dancing around 500? nicole: they and around 500. why not 700 where it was in september? when everybody was saying 800? 1,000? showing endlessly higher and didn't do that. $500.50. stuart: what are are those people? with a $1,000 stock remember. nicole: hiding under a ro
things that came out today were that to drags on the economy, housing and employment. they are getting better and consistently better. the confidence will be there. here is the big fear. we have a climate of worry. we are at a plateau because the next is what is going on in washington d.c. that scares me more than anything have seen in this market in years. liz: i no d.c. is an issue. it is something we cannot control, sadly enough, but we can serve to control whether we are jumping into this market. people are still sitting on the sidelines holding their worries, missing rallies like this. >> that only cause more confusion because we are not really breaking out on explosive volume, which is also another concern. with the breakup like this you want to see volume ramp up, which would indicate to you that people really have a change of mindset. at 400 million shares, you are not really breaking out yet. some people -- liz: composite track. that would be the highest. let me get to the energy complex. everything is higher right now, jonathan. is this all the very tense and very worrisome s
can that continue? >> slightly lower, down at 180. people think it will be bad for the economy. risk assets and things like equities did to get sold. the quality still is the u.s. treasury, the u.s. government. rates fall. that is one side of it. the big question is, where is elsewhere? that will be the big question. i think just a matter of time if we do get to this point, deficits are so large, at some point you'll have to pay the price at higher borrowing costs. at some point, that will be the ultimate outcome. dagen: for does that mean? you manage municipal bonds if the democrats have their way in raising taxes even more, that is good for muni bonds? >> the day after the election, we had a tremendous rally. the perception was taxes may go off. we have to deal right new year's eve. i talked to more people of the last few days who opened that first paycheck and their reaction was, boy, that tax fight was pretty big. that is the fact in front of us. i think it is likely that president obama will, as he has in the past, copy the value of deductions. i think it will be difficult to ul
this economy, -- peachy with this economy, why are millions of americans bursting their piggy banks just to get by? neil: 401(k) not okay, people are so tapped out, one in four are tapping in just to meet their basic expenses, that is up just in last 4 years. you know don, you were warning about this. even in go-go period. to tap what are supposed to be the funds for retirement. like a cash register. now, understand abily more so. why do our about it? >> when they started this, they were replacing a pension with a 401(k). and they assumed two things, first money would go in and stay there and second it would be run properly, neither one happened. it has na not been run properly, people have been taking the money out, estimates vary 80% of what supposed to be there. in problem is that people who are most likely to take it out are those at lower income level who will need the money when they retire more. neil: and they pay penalties and early withdrawel. the only argument for it, is what is worse, i'm borrowing for myself, and paying myself back? >> you can't pay yourself back, you can take it ou
on a economy, imagine what happens here. first of all, to keep the revenue neutral, you are looking at a 20r 30 percent sales tax . add that to the state tax that governor gindale wants to add. no one will be able to afford it or go shopping. >> steve, this is a country of experiment ground . the states experiment with things that might do better. >> there are 9 states who don't have a personal income tax. you compare the state of vermont with the state of new hampshire. new hampshire has no sales tax or personal income tax and does better over time than the neighboring state of vermont that is a so-called progressive state. on a national level change the constitution or we will end up with a income and a consumption tax. >> unfortunately the constitution was changed in order to bring in the income tax. >> you have to change or we would get the both. >> you are against the idea of bobby gindale. >> i don't like sales tax. we saw the experiment in europe with that. they are onerous often than income tax . they are sneaky, too. it is vast and they are put in every element of sales and you don't k
of conditions set by bail out lenders. the economy is being kept afloat by international eurozone members in the imf. and if you thought that credit card debt was for young adults, think again. older americans applied for more credit cards but pay down their debt easier. half of the older generation are seeking help from credit counseling services. we continue our countdown to the closing bell with list placement liz: 20 minutes away from the fourth quarter earnings release. what should investors be expecting? let's bring in our very own shibani joshi. >> and the investors the light of the last year, up 70%. the stock moving marginally higher, and earnings shows the strong finish to a transformational year. what's going on is that up until now, the growth has been fueled by paypal. this marketplace business that has taken place thanks to the mobile application. about 2 million listeners are uploaded using the mobile platform every single week. there you go, you can find whatever you need on ebay. the one we will have those numbers on "after the bell." let's head to the new york stock exch
as a proportion of our economy and that means we're bailsically stabilizing, we're going to be okay. what do you say to that. >> i hope that's true. that means that economic growth will pick up dramatically and bring tax receipts way up and it will also bring spending way down awes get people off food stamps, off welfare, off unemployment. the best form of welfare is still a high paying job. stuart: do you believe it? >> i don't think it's true right now, no, i don't think these policies will do it. stuart: not now, obviously, not. debt as a proportion of the economy keeps going up. >> it's bigger and bigger, and the deficit doesn't seem to be getting really teenie tiny either, does it stuart? >> no, just not. 3 1/2 billion extra every single day. >> i know, amazing. stuart: tell me how it actually affects our economic growth rate. how does it it do this? >> well, now, with low, low, low, low, interest rates, it doesn't increase the use of tax receipts it pay interest on the debt. but as interest rates rise, which they will, it will have an enormously deleterious effect on growth rates. it reall
their fair share of taxes, but-- watching the drama with our economy in the middle and debating because the policy, is that your money don't miss cavuto tonight at 8. >> at 8:30 eastern time, a lot of numbers from the government. and mostly they do not affect the market and that's the case in point today. the consumer price index, no change in the month of december. over the past year, the consumer price index has gone up 1.7%, you can safely say no real inflation measured by the government at the consumer level. no impact on the market either. all right, the trading has started and the dow industrials% the opening trend is mixed. you can't say there's an opening trend one way or the other, but bear in mind the dow is at 13,500. that's a pretty high level. that will be 700 points away from the all-time high for the dow. first off though, let's check boeing. a the lot of you probably own the stock, maybe in a mutual fund, so, nicole, with all the problems for the dreamliner overnight, where-- look at that. >> look at that, it's down dramatically, almost 4 1/2%, now you're talking about
and diversified our economy. we decided we would be business friendly. we also did not have subprime mortgage. we did not have housing fall. foreclosures never really got serious. we kept people in their homes and kept them working. connell: we hope you enjoy the rest of your stay. dagen: we are glad the texans lost. [ laughter ] we are from the northeast. i am just kidding. thank you so much. near record low water levels in lake michigan causing cargo ships and barges to liken their loads. connell: let's go to steve now on how it can impact your wallet. >> because we have had such low water levels, it will impact your wallet. it has been dry in the region. we have had light rains in the summertime in that has produced lower water levels in all of the great lakes. if you are wondering just how low it is, we have a graphic to show you. between 87 and 97, the water drop a foot. between 94 another foot lower. it is at historic low water levels in lake michigan. cargo companies will have to carry less. >> you cannot strike bottom. you have to maintain a safe distance. when the water levels go down, w
every year. believe it or not the flu costs our economy $87 billion. i don't know about you but regardless of all the medicine and remedies and germ sanitizers available it still seems like everyone i know is either out with the flu or they're panicked about getting it. makes me wonder if we need to take a step back, take a deep breath and ask of all the money we're spending is just going down the drain? with me is dr. sreedhar potarazu. head of vital spring technologies. dr. p, welcome back to the show. >> thank you for having me back. melissa: stop the purell madness. i'm surrounded by it here on the set because we have it all over the building. everyone is sick. everyone is panicked. you hear my voice. everyone we're all sick but we're purelling ourselves to death. is it not working? >> well, do you have a bottle on your desk right now? melissa: it is funny that you should say that because, yes i do. i have one in my purse. and -- >> turn the bottle around and tell me what the percentage of alcohol is in that? >> 70%. >> that one is okay but a lot of them below 60%. melis
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